Color fun run/walk highlights LGBT Pride Month at Wright-Patt

Volunteers pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Awareness Month 5K color fun run and walk at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base June 22. The LGBT event emphasized diversity and inclusion to help build a stronger workforce. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michelle Gigante)

Volunteers pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Awareness Month 5K color fun run and walk at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base June 22. The LGBT event emphasized diversity and inclusion to help build a stronger workforce. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michelle Gigante)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Rainbow clouds of colorful cornstarch added to the festive atmosphere at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month 5K fun run/walk June 22 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The event, held along Hebble Creek Road and encircling Huffman Prairie, celebrated diversity, inclusion and respect in the workplace.

“We are a diverse nation, and that is reflected in our military,” said Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Arbona, 88th Air Base Wing command chief, before he ran the course. “We support all our observance months because this is who we are culturally. We all have a different aperture we see through, and it is important we bring everyone together to look through as many lenses as we can so we have a variety of perspectives. That makes us stronger as we all fight the same fight.”

“It means everything to get people together to come out, have fun and be together to reflect on the unity of the Air Force,” said Tech. Sgt. Michael Seery, one of the event’s organizers. “That’s what makes it so awesome. You meet people with different backgrounds and stories.”

Airman 1st Class Sandra Teran said she was participating in the event because it is special to her. She met her wife, Airman 1st Class Arianna Williams, last year.

“This event is something we can support and see other people on base supporting it,” Williams said. “It’s part of the culture that is welcomed here.”

“It’s really nice to feel we are welcome,” Teran added.